VA Home Care
Families often rally around elderly loved ones when they have some specific need for care at home. When it comes to veterans, this may be true, but that level of family support may not be everything the aging veteran requires.
Professional home care services is a great option for any elderly veteran, regardless of their age, physical limitations, or health issues. If home care is a topic to discuss, it could be the result of diminishing strength, a health emergency, or some other issue. For example, an elderly veteran who was recently hospitalized following a heart attack or stroke may be set to be discharged from the hospital. The doctor may suggest that home care services be hired so the elderly veteran gets the proper level of care and support and increase the chances of making a full recovery (or as full of a recovery as possible).
When family members step up to provide that level of care and support at home, the veteran may not be getting the right type of support. Yes, it’s a very noble thing and something worthwhile, but here are four reasons why professional home care is better than any type of family support.
Reason #1: Emotional disconnect.
When somebody is proud of their abilities or has a difficult time accepting help, it can make it difficult for family members to convince their aging loved one to do certain things. An experienced caregiver would have an emotional disconnect from the situation and that may make it easier to convince the senior to perform certain tasks, including physical therapy.
Reason #2: Experience.
Most family members don’t have any prior experience supporting an aging loved one. If they don’t understand the intricacies and nuances involved in providing the right level support and care, the senior may not be maximizing their recovery process.
Reason #3: Stress.
Most family caregivers eventually deal with a tremendous amount of stress. When that stress begins to affect their life on a daily basis, it’s also going to affect the care they provide to that elderly veteran at home.
Family members can still support their loved ones, but relying on a professional home care aide can reduce a tremendous amount of that stress.
Reason #4: Exercise.
Even for people recovering from a heart attack, exercise is important. Family members often encourage their loved ones to take it easy and rest far too much. An experienced caregiver would understand the value of exercise and following doctor’s orders.
When you understand these four reasons why home care is still a better option, it’s time to talk to the aging veteran in your life about it.
For more information and to learn about VA home care, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.